The Queen is on our currency, too!
I have been in London for about a month now, and I cannot ignore a feeling of tension and a darkness brought on by the referendum that will decide if Britain stays in the European Union or leaves it entirely.
Below the surface of the proposed British exit from the European Union is a sense of great consternation in the smaller countries that make up the United Kingdom. Having lived, studied and worked throughout the U.K. for the past two years, the divisions within the country are striking and broader than most North Americans realize.
In many ways the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which joined what was then the European Common Market in 1973, represents a distinct society in its own right: with its strong currency it remains outside the Euro zone, fails to participate to the Schengen Area regulating border controls, while enjoying special budgetary rules.